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Various characters from films by Joel and Ethan Coen are depicted against a yellow-orange background

© Erik Kriek

Films, Talks & Events

The Coen Brothers Complete

11 July — 11 September 2024

The Coen Brothers Complete: The Big Lebowksi (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: The Big Lebowksi (© Erik Kriek)

The programme will open with the 4K restoration of their debut Blood Simple (1984) which was made precisely 40 years ago.

This summer will be dedicated to the films of Joel and Ethan Coen, Hollywood’s most famous oddballs. Eye will screen 18 of their feature films as well as their short films and their solo output.

The Coen Brothers Complete: Fargo (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: Fargo (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers’ films are all brilliant, chock-a-block with linguistic quirks, love of cinema and derailing actions. Trivia and grand gestures come together with great ease. Many of their unforgettable characters lose themselves in absurd situations that are played in a very understated manner. Their odes to film noir are replete with visual flair, cunning and betrayal. Their eccentric satires are also unashamedly fun.

The Coen Brothers Complete: Inside Llewyn Davis (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: Inside Llewyn Davis (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: Barton Fink (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: Barton Fink (© Erik Kriek)

The Coens mix genres in surprising, sometimes shocking ways, conspicuously, purposefully conflating comedy and violence. From film noir in Blood Simple to cartoonesque comedy in Raising Arizona, gangster flics in Miller’s Crossing, Hollywood satire and horror in Barton Fink, 1940’s comedy in The Hudsucker Proxy and thrillers in Fargo, often featuring their favourite actress Frances McDormand (9 films in total!). They parody genres, commenting, embracing, undermining and renewing them.

Intangible

Throughout their careers, the brothers have never taken themselves too seriously. They indicate that they don’t adhere to any film theory and incorporate no message into their work. They also cultivate this intangibility in interviews in which they do little to help interviewers with clarifications or explanations. Asked about the opening titles of Fargo: ‘A True Story, told exactly as it occurred’, they answered: “We wanted to make one of those ‘true story’ films, but we didn’t know any interesting true stories so we made one up”.

The Coen Brothers Complete: True Grit (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: True Grit (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: O Brother, where art thou? (© Erik Kriek)

The Coen Brothers Complete: O Brother, where art thou? (© Erik Kriek)

poster The Coen Brothers Complete (© Erik Kriek)

poster The Coen Brothers Complete (© Erik Kriek)

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